Overdue...Don't Even Try to Avoid 'The Hangover'

4:02 PM / Posted by Bradford Oman / comments (2)

This post has been long overdue for a few weeks. This trailer came out of nowhere when I went to my midnight screening of Watchmen awhile back and I've been waiting for it ever since. I give you, The Hangover.

This looks like a great, chaotic comedy and may even be a sleeper hit of the summer. The film stars Ed Helms (NBC's The Office), Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers) and Zach Galifianakis (The Comedians of Comedy) as three groomsmen who lose their about-to-be-wed buddy during their drunken misadventures, then must retrace their steps in order to find him.

There's a mysterious baby, a missing tooth, and Mike Tyson air drumming to Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight." It's everything anyone could ask for. I've been wanting to see more of Galifianakis in films since seeing his stand-up a couple years back, and Ed Helms is always a good addition. Bradley Cooper is certainly making a name for himself, but it's hard to see him outside of his douchebag role in Wedding Crashers. It's an odd trio, and none of them are really big names, but that's what makes this even more interesting.

Anyway, this comedy looks like a blast, and I'm looking forward to seeing it when it comes out June 5. It's not everyday you get to see a trailer that depicts your future life. What do you guys think?

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George Lopez Goes Late Night for TBS

4:00 PM / Posted by Bradford Oman / comments (2)

George Lopez has become one of the most popular Mexican-American comedians working today. While I personally don't enjoy too much of his comedy, any Mexican is better than Carlos Mencia, who is really only a pretend-Mexican.

Well now, according to Variety, George Lopez is getting a huge chance to gain an even bigger following when he steps into the already crowded late night talk-show ring for TBS later this year. This move follows TBS recent dive into original content production after creating shows like 10 Items or Less and the comedian led Frank TV (led by the superb impressionist, but not so great comedian Frank Caliendo of Mad TV fame).

While Lopez has a large niche audience in the growing Hispanic population (no that's not a dig at immigration, in fact, I myself am half-Mexican), I'm not sure if he'll be able to last very long. His late night show won't have a strong lead-in like other late night start-ups on network television, and though he's pretty much a household name after his successful sitcom run, Lopez just isn't that strong of a comedian to catch my attention. Though it can't be any worse than Jimmy Fallon's attempt, a point and time might come when TBS will have to change their slogan to "TBS...Very Funny...Well Sometimes...Mostly Not...Whatever."

The show is supposed to start airing its 34-week initial run sometime this November. Will you guys be checking it out?

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Netflix Adds Facebook Integration, and More

3:59 PM / Posted by Bradford Oman / comments (0)

Last week, Netflix announced some news that allows you to push your Netflix activity to your Internet social circle via Facebook, as well as the new face of rating genres on the Netflix site.

First, the Facebook integration is a nice new little feature, but as of now it only pushes your ratings to your Facebook news feed. It would be nice to see integration of updates on what you've added to your queue, or when you watch something via Instant Viewing. Maybe that's just further down the road. Linking Facebook with your Netflix account is easy. All you have to do is click right here, to be taken to a page on the Netflix site where you input your Facebook login information, and just like that it's done. Obviously you must have both a Netflix account and a Facebook account for this to work.

Second, Netflix is changing the way we rate genres. The way it used to go is the same 5 Star System used to rate individual movies was used to rate genres and sub-genres. Netflix has changed this up a bit, and now allows for more specific and accurate suggestions from both your individual movie ratings and a new genre rating system called "Taste Preferences."

Originally this was just a small test (that I was somehow chosen to be a part of) but last week Netflix announced that this new feature would be rolled out to all users this week. Below is some brief information about this new feature, but if you want, head over to Hacking Netflix to read a full write-up that I sent their way about Taste Preferences. But here's the short version.

You'll be able to find this new feature under the Movies You'll Love tab.

Then from there you will be able to rate your Taste Preferences. No longer will you use the 5 Star System for rating but a new ratings system saying how often you like to see movie with certain elements, styles or storylines (Often, Sometimes, or Never).

After you rate this Taste Preferences you'll begin to see more specific and niche-oriented suggestions on your main page much like the one below.

This new feature should roll out to everyone this week, so keep an eye out so you can start rating your personal Taste Preferences. If you're a Netflix user, what do you think of these new features?

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Poster Premiere: 'Star Trek'

3:29 PM / Posted by Bradford Oman / comments (1)

Here's a new poster for this summer's Star Trek, and it goes to light speed...at least I think so. This could be a pretty butterfly, or an arm with a hammer coming out of its sleeve. It's a cool enough design, but it looks like a Rorschach test, or the Enterprise flying through a bunch of liquid adamantium.

This week, three other posters were released as well. They are all international posters, and the imagery is much cooler than this one. Two of them you can check out here and here. Both of them are similar to other blockbuster "floating head" style posters like this Iron Man poster. The final one is my favorite, and it's reminiscent of the Independence Day poster.

Anyway, it's not the posters that keep getting me excited for the movie. It's the amazing trailers. May 8 can't get here soon enough if only because this will give hardcore nerds a break from furious masturbation for a a couple hours.

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[Catch-Up] 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' Trailer

3:18 PM / Posted by Bradford Oman / comments (2)

After we had the spectacular trailer premiere for Where the Wild Things Are, now comes a look at another film based on yet another beloved book from my childhood, the computer animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

The premise is simple, wacky and allows for plenty of fun. A scientist trying to solve world hunger encounters a problem of global proportions in the town of Chewandswallow, after he invents a machine that causes food to rain from the sky.

The animation style is a bit different then what we're used to seeing, and while the trailer makes the film seem somewhat childish (I know it's based on a kids book, but it can still have quality content) there's a certain charm to it. Combined with the fact that there's sure to be plenty of gags with the different kinds of food falling from the sky (in 3D no less), this looks like a very promising family film.

On top of that the cast is what has my attention. Bill Hader puts to use his commanding voice talents as goofy scientist Flint Lockwood and plays along with the voices of Andy Samberg, Tracy Morgan, Anna Faris, James Caan and even the infamous Mr. T.

You can check out the trailer below, and the recently released poster for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs right here. What do you guys think?

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'Taking Woodstock' with Demetri Martin

10:21 AM / Posted by Bradford Oman / comments (2)

Demetri Martin is currently known as a breath of fresh comedy with his brilliant use of drawings and wordplay in his stand-up, as well as channeling the late Mitch Hedburg in his quirky everyday observations on his Comedy Central show, Important Things with Demetri Martin. While he looks like a young and upcoming comedian in his early 20's, Martin is actually 36 years old. He's appeared on HBO's Flight of the Conchords and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and had a small part in The Rocker, but now he's taking to the big screen with the lead role in Ang Lee's new film Taking Woodstock.

This period comedy follows the story of Elliot Tiber, stuck working at his parents failing motel in the Catskills in the summer of 1969. But when he finds out that some sort of hippie gathering called Woodstock needs a place to go down, he gladly offers a helping hand to help bring some tourism to his family's failing business. Based on a true story and book of the same name by Elliot Tiber himself, Ang Lee's throwing a curveball here with a movie completely unlike anything he's done before.

The trailer has all sorts of great moments, many of them involving a cast of oddballs at Woodstock including Emile Hirsch, Eugene Levy and for some reason Liev Schreiber in drag. The film looks like a lot of fun, and I'm really looking forward to see what Ang Lee can do with some comedic, not-so-steamy subject matter. But of course it's Woodstock so there's bound to be some sex. Trailer is below and the film comes out August 14th of this year. What do you guys think?

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[Catch-Up] Poster Premiere: Terminator Salvation

4:12 PM / Posted by Bradford Oman / comments (0)

Here's the most recent poster for this summer's Terminator Salvation. Though simple, the imagery is very cool. A human hand grasping the skull of a decapitated Terminator has a very ominous feeling for what looks like an intense war between humans and machines. The last trailer was pretty fantastic, and really sets us up for a different kind of Terminator story, with all the familiar feelings that the first two films gave us (including the now confirmed return of Linda Hamilton for some brief voiceover work as Sarah Connor). Another poster was released not too long ago featuring a menacing Terminator with a chain gun, and torn clothes on its skeleton. Thanks to Internet Movie Poster Awards as always for providing us with our movie poster images.

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Sean Penn, Jim Carrey, Benicio Del Toro: Three Stooges

1:54 PM / Posted by Bradford Oman / comments (3)

Well a small portion of this news was rumored awhile back, and I thought we'd heard the last of it, but today comes official word that Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro are in line to take on the roles of The Three Stooges in a Farrelly Brothers film about the classic comedic trio.

I'll just let that soak in for a second. Good? Okay...this news isn't necessarily disheartening for anyone looking forward to a movie about The Three Stooges, but honestly it's just an odd assembly of actors. Let's break it down by actor:

Sean Penn. Fresh off his Oscar winning role in Gus Van Sant's Milk, Penn's not exactly the funniest of actors, but he's taking on the role of frizzy haired stooge Larry. The last genuinely funny role he had was as the now iconic surfer dude Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High (unless of course you count I Am Sam, but that's just mean). While a lot of people don't have faith in his comedic abilities, I think it's a great chance for him to show what he's got, and I really don't doubt that he could pull it off despite lack of comedy experience.

Jim Carrey. After his not-so-comedic comedy run with Yes, Man last year, Carrey's got a lot to prove in my book. Certainly gaining 40 pounds to take on the hefty role of my personal favorite stooge Curly is a good way to get my attention (and that's exactly what Carrey is doing), but it's definitely going to be an uphill struggle to truly convince me. Carrey's got slapstick down, and great comedic timing and performances behind him, but I'm going to have to wait to see a trailer before I back this choice completely.

Benicio Del Toro. This for me is the most out-of-left-field decision. He might look like the bowl-cutted Moe, but the only vaguely funny role that Del Toro has had was his turn in Guy Ritchie's Snatch (no, not Madonna), and maybe in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but that's stretching it. And besides that's a whole different tone of comedy than what we're going to see come from the stooges.

Combine all this uncertainty and craziness with the fact that The Farrelly Brothers are helming this movie and they haven't had a decent film since 1998's There's Something About Mary (arguably 2000's Me, Myself and Irene) and you've got yourself one hell of a clusterf*ck. The film isn't going to be a biopic, but a straight comedy, which puts even more weight on the Farrelly's to deliver. Let's hope they wrote the majority of this script back when they still had the funny in them.

I'm all for giving this movie a chance, if anything just because if brings these actors together in an unlikely comedic team, but I just don't know if that's going to be enough for audiences who probably don't even know who The Three Stooges are. What do you guys think?

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'Where the Wild Things Are' Trailer is Enchanting

1:25 PM / Posted by Bradford Oman / comments (4)

We just shot up the poster today, and mentioned the trailer coming out this weekend, but lo ad behold, The Ellen Degeneres Show beat everyone to the punch, and they exclusively premiered the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are. But now we have the trailer for you online in all its glory.

The trailer really is mesmerizing, and contains only one line of dialogue, but this movie looks like it's going to be everything that it should be. Spike Jonze has always had a unique, though somewhat dreary filmmaker's eye, and this film is no exception. It'll be interesting to see how much the subject matter of the film appeals to kids and if it can live up to the hype that the status of book forces upon on it.

If you're unfamiliar with the story, it follows Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world--a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler. The film features the voices of Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine), James Gandolfini (heard in the trailer), Catherine O'Hara (Home Alone, Best in Show) and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under, Can't Hardly Wait). Making the trailer even more fantastic, is the use of The Arcade Fire's lyrically relevant song "Wake Up." I'm now ridiculously excited for this movie.

The last time I was excited for a movie with the words "wild things" it was because I had just hit puberty and Denise Richards and Neve Campbell kissing was oh, so intriguing to me. This will be a completely different experience I think, unless the movie goes spiraling out of control into a threesome with Matt Dillon and the aforementioned career-dead actresses.

Check out the trailer below. What do you think?

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[Catch-Up] 'Year One' Trailer is Pre-Hysterical

11:24 AM / Posted by Bradford Oman / comments (2)

Yeah it's a pun, big whoop, wanna fight about it? Last weekend the theatrical trailer for Harold Ramis' prehistoric comedy Year One was seen with the release of I Love You, Man and what a surprise it's also on the internet.

If the Super Bowl teaser spot wasn't enough of an indicator of just how hilarious this comedy will be, then this trailer should do it for you. I've always loved the comedic take on historical times when they just have characters use contemporary speech. Jack Black and Michael Cera set out on what is being called "the very first road trip," where they are sure to encounter many nefarious characters and shenanigans abound. In the trailer, another glimpse of Cain (David Cross) and Abel (Paul Rudd) is seen (though not as hefty as the clip that was released back in January), and we also are introduced to the love interests for Cera and Black's characters, Juno Temple and Olivia Wilde respectively.

Hopefully, the movie doesn't disappoint and blow hard like the first poster released for Year One. A terribly photoshopped, Superbad rip off that looks like it's the cover for a straight-to-DVD feature, or a movie that Jack Black and Michael Cera did before they had real careers. Check out the hilarious trailer below.

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[Catch-Up] Poster Premiere: Where the Wild Things Are

10:51 AM / Posted by Bradford Oman / comments (0)

Here's the first official teaser poster for Spike Jonze's adaptation of the classic children's book of the same name Where the Wild Things Are. All the stills have done nothing but get me childishly excited for this film, and this poster is no exception. They've nailed the look of the wild things, and the visual style is magical without being whimsically exaggerated. Recently some new stills from the film were released and they do not disappoint. If you want to check those out, you can see them over at USA Today. The first trailer for Where the Wild Things Are will be attached to Monsters vs Aliens (which also has the potential to be a good flick) this coming weekend and is said to be quite a long trailer. We'll be sure to post it as soon as its online. In the meantime, are you guys excited for this one?

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Ricky Gervais' 'This Side of the Truth' Gets Release Date

10:11 AM / Posted by Bradford Oman / comments (2)

Ricky Gervais upcoming comedy This Side of the Truth (which is also his feature film directorial debut) has just received a release date, and this comes straight from the mouth of comedic genius himself. In the video we've embedded below that comes straight from his blog, Gervais and co-writer and co-director Matthew Robinson confirm that the title (which apparently has been the point of some contention online) is indeed This Side of the Truth, and that the film will be released on September 25, 2009.

If this is the first you've heard of what looks to be a promising Fall comedy, here's the simple rundown. The story is set in a world where the concept of lying doesn't exist and no one has ever lied, or even thought about lying. But one day, a writer (Gervais) discovers this deceptive ability and uses it for his own personal gain. What has me most excited about this one (besides Gervais involvement) is a cast that includes Jonah Hill, Jason Bateman, Rob Lowe, Tina Fey, Patrick Stewart, Christopher Guest, John Hodgman, Bobby Moynihan and Stephen Merchant.

Ricky Gervais had an underrated comedy last year in Ghost Town (if you haven't seen it, you need to) and this looks to be a great venture for him. My only problem with Ricky Gervais is despite his routine of being a downright prick being hilarious, part of me thinks he's actually like that. Combine that with the fact that he looks like a toad, and then I just start feeling bad for him. Not as bad as I feel for Mike Myers though.

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Poster Premiere: Angels and Demons

9:50 AM / Posted by Bradford Oman / comments (1)

Here's the new poster for Sony Pictures blockbuster prequel, Angels & Demons, with Tom Hanks reprising his role as symbologist Robert Langdon from the 2005 film The Da Vinci Code. While the poster isn't anything remarkable, it's a little harder to market a movie that doesn't have some sort of clear artifact or plot device to easily illustrate. The Da Vinci Code marketing was easy because of all the iconic pieces of art that could be used, and several more items from the story that lead Langdon from one clue to the next. My personal favorite from The Da Vinci Code marketing was a poster seen only at Las Vegas ShoWest theater exhibition conference that you can see right here. My only wish was that they would have made it so that you could only see the "So dark the con of man" when the poster was under blacklight and it was positioned in the lower right hand corner like it's supposed to be.

As I commented, when the trailer was released awhile back, this looks like it could trump its predecessor. And of course the ole Christian backlash will come sooner or later to ensure that all those who weren't going to see the movie still don't see it, and those planning on the movie may still do so, but with a bit more spite. Enjoy, you blasphemous buffoons!

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